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How to watch a live stream of the 2014 Olympics on smartphones and tablets

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The opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are right around the corner. Because of the time difference, NBC TV is unable to broadcast many competitions live. However, smartphone and tablet users will be able to watch every sport, every competition, and every medal presentation with an app that will live stream more than 1,000 hours of Olympic coverage. In 2014, users can enjoy unprecedented access to up-to-the-minute news, schedules, results, highlights and more – right at their fingertips.

As posted on Media Village, the apps, NBC Sports Live Extra and NBC Olympics Highlights, have been redesigned to provide the most comprehensive access to the 2013 Sochi Winter Olympics. Gary Zenkel, President – NBC Olympics, explained:

Olympic fans will now be able to take the Winter Games with them wherever they go. Whether you want to lean in and move from live event to live event, or lean back and let the Gold Zone take you to where the excitement is soaring, or catch up on the moments that everyone is talking about, the NBC Sports Live Extra and NBC Olympics Highlights and Results apps will truly put the Sochi Games in the palm of your hand.

NBC Sports Live Extra for Smartphones and Tablets
For the first time ever, the NBC Sports Live Extra app will live stream every Winter Olympics competition. In all, the app will live stream more than 1,000 total programming hours, including all 15 sports, the awarding of all 98 medal events and exclusive event rewinds. NBC Sports Live Extra will also live stream the Olympic content that airs on NBC and the four NBCU cable channels carrying coverage of the Sochi Games - NBCSN, MSNBC, CNBC and USA Network. The app will also feature full event replays, exclusive highlights, events schedules, TV listings, and customizable event alerts.

In addition, customers can access digital-only original programming, including "Gold Zone" and "Olympic Ice." For more information on these programs, head to NBC Sports.

Enabled by Adobe Primetime, NBC Sports Live Extra will provide multiple concurrent streams for select sports, such as skiing (each discipline), snowboarding (each discipline), and hockey (both arenas). For example, during a session of skiing, instead of viewing only a single feed that moves from event to event, a user can choose to watch a stream dedicated to a specific discipline, such as the long jump or half pipe.

The vast majority of live stream content on NBC Sports Live Extra will only be available to verified* cable, satellite or telco customers. In order to access the live stream content, existing cable, satellite and telco customers should follow these verification procedures (note: customers must subscribe to a TV package that includes specific NBCU networks dependent on their cable provider):

  • Download the NBC Sports Live Extra app
  • Open the app
  • Tap on a live stream
  • Select your cable, satellite or telco provider
  • Enter the username and password that corresponds with your account
  • Upon verification of your subscription to an Olympics-eligible package, you will be signed in throughout the Games on that device.

Customers with multiple devices should repeat the procedure on each device. Access to this content is free for customers as part of their video subscription - there is no additional charge. For customers who do not have a username and password, they should contact their cable, satellite or telco provider to create one. More information about the process, including contact information for cable, satellite and telco providers, can be found at at this link.

Unverified viewers will be given a one-time, 30-minute temporary pass the first time live streaming content is accessed. This will provide ample time for users to gather their credentials to verify, but not miss any Olympic action. Viewers will also be given a subsequent pass for five minutes per day thereafter.

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR – UPDATEAccording to a later Feb 4 press release from NBC:

During the XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia from February 6-23, all viewers will be offered a multi-day temporary pass to access live streaming content on NBCOlympics.com and/or on the NBC Sports Live Extra app, without having to verify a cable subscription.

Go to Media Village for more details and to read the new release in its entirety.

NBC Olympics Highlights and Results App
While the NBC Sports Live Extra app serves as the mobile and tablet home for live stream content, the NBC Olympics Highlights and Results app is the home for everything else Olympics. The NBC Olympics Highlights and Results app is the exclusive home for NBC Olympics’ award-winning coverage, including short-form highlights, television and streaming schedules, and NBCOlympics.com columns. The NBC Olympics Highlights and Results app provides real-time official event results, medal winners, interesting facts, team rosters and bios on Team USA Olympians for the most comprehensive coverage of the Sochi Games.

The NBC Olympics Highlights and Results app is the ultimate second-screen experience for NBC’s nightly primetime Olympic broadcast. Users can immerse themselves in the Winter Olympics viewing experience with trivia, polls, slideshows, videos and athlete bios all synced with what is being presented on NBC.

NBC Sports Talk App
A third app, the NBC Sports Talk app, will be home to all of NBC Olympics blog coverage. The NBC Sports Talk app features multiple sport and category specific blogs, including Olympics Talk and ProHockeyTalk.

Let the Games Begin!
Because there are more events than ever before, competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will begin one day prior to the Opening Ceremony. As a result, NBC will begin its primetime coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Thursday, Feb. 6, one night before the broadcast network provides its traditional coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Friday Feb. 7. This marks the first time NBC will air Olympic primetime coverage before the Opening Ceremony.

The primetime broadcast on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, is scheduled to include competition in snowboard slopestyle (men’s and women’s), where two-time gold medalist Shaun White will compete in the slopestyle’s Olympic debut; team figure skating, which is also in the Olympics for the first time; and women’s freestyle moguls.

To see the TV schedule for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on NBC, NBC Sports, USA, MSNBC, and CNBC, simply click on this NBC Olympics link and then choose the date/time.

For a report on which athletes to keep an eye on during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, be sure to check out the above video by Associated Press.

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